Pediatric Surgery Center
Through the eyes of a child or their parent, life isn’t easy when surgery is on the schedule. Whether it’s an outpatient or hospital procedure, surgery can cause worries and detours from familiar routines. At Providence Pediatric Surgery Center, we understand your concerns and go to great lengths to put your mind and your child at ease.
We provide advanced pediatric care that’s close to home with a wide range of services all under one roof. Our team includes pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses, child life specialists and others who enjoy caring for our youngest patients.
Providence pediatric surgeons treat a wide variety of injuries and illnesses across medical specialties and subspecialties.
We diagnose and treat these and many other conditions:
- Abdominal pain
- Birth defects
- Brain, spine and back conditions
- Colorectal disease and disorders
- Foreign bodies in airway and esophagus
- Gall stones and gall bladder disease
- Gastric reflux disease
- Head, neck and chest conditions
- Heart and vascular disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Liver disease
- Lung disease
- Nervous system diseases and disorders
- Orthopedic diseases and disorders
- Skin tags, lumps and infections
- Swallowing disorders
- Traumatic injury
- Tumors, including benign and complex disease
- Urologic conditions
At the Providence Pediatric Surgery Center we treat children from infancy through age 18. Our surgeons provide high-level surgical and nonsurgical therapies, including emergency surgery for traumatic injury.
Kids and families come here for help with a wide array of conditions that require diagnostic, medical and surgical services, including:
- Elective procedures
- Head, neck and chest surgery
- Infectious disease management
- Minimally-invasive surgery
- Pediatric anesthesia
- Pediatric burn care
- Specialty and subspecialty surgery for a full range of acute or chronic heart, lung, brain, spine and other injuries and illnesses
Surgery can cause fear and uncertainty in anyone, but it’s especially overwhelming for kids. Our Pediatric Surgery Center has a dedicated pre-surgery preparation room to help ensure that your child feels comfortable.
A child life specialist takes extra time to talk with and guide your family. Your child becomes familiar with everything from surgical scrubs and hats to anesthesia masks and pre-surgery processes, so they know what to expect.
This special area offers extra touches, from an exclusive, kid-sized entry door to a fun-and-games playroom as big as your child’s imagination.
Before surgery, your child’s pediatric anesthesiologist and pediatric surgeon will talk with you and answer any questions you may have. Other specialists will help to comfort and guide your child or assist you and your family.
After surgery, recovery nurses encourage you to be there when your child wakes up and may still feel sleepy or disoriented. Your child will feel comforted knowing you’re close.
For doctors, nurses and others at the Pediatric Surgery Center, the opportunity to help children is the highlight of every day. Making new young friends is an added bonus.
Read or watch to see how we offer “hospital help” to special patients who say everyone here is “very nice!” and that our surgery center is “the best!”
Katherine shares her snapshots and thoughts about what the surgery experience is like for kids.
Averie wants other kids to know that surgery doesn’t have to be scary.
It’s important for you and your child to understand what to expect and what you can do to support a healthy recovery, but we know it can be a lot to absorb.
Please ask anyone on your care team is you have any questions or concerns. We’re happy to answer questions and put you in touch with the right people to help.
There are many helpful apps, blogs, websites and printed resources available, as well as local and national support groups and networks. Ask your care providers for available resources and support specific to your child’s condition or procedure.Our social workers, chaplains, counselors and financial guides are here to provide personalized assistance and referrals.
Your child’s care team includes pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses, child life specialists and others who enjoy caring for our youngest patients. Surgeons work with your primary care doctor and other specialists as needed. Individualized surgical teams may include specialists such as heart, brain, spine, trauma or cancer surgeons, chronic and infectious disease experts, physical therapists and others.
These and other children’s health care specialists may assist with your child or teen’s care:
- Advanced practice practitioners
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
- Registered nurses
- Social workers
- Surgery coordinators
Avrie’s Surgery Experience
Having surgery can be frightening for anyone, but it's especially scary for kids who don't always understand what's going on, or what the grown-ups are saying. We're here to help!